Austin Dillon has made one previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Kentucky Speedway, driving the No. 51 Chevrolet to a 24th-place finish in 2013.
Joey Logano posted the fastest time in the first two rounds of Thursday’s qualification, but slipped to second in the final round that determined the pole. He will line up to the outside of Martin Truex Jr. for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. recorded a lap of 192.328 mph to edge Joey Logano’s 192.007. Truex will lead the field to green on Sunday.
Kurt Busch will roll off the grid 13th in the Coke 600 after failing to advance to the final 12 in the second round of qualification. His lap of 190.114 mph was nearly 0.012 seconds slower than Chase Elliott.
Matt Kenseth was one of several notable drivers who failed to advance to the final round of qualification. His time was only good enough to 27th on the starting grid.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. failed to advance to the second round of qualification and will roll off the grid 25th for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.
Daniel Suarez (#19 ARRIS Toyota Camry) had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the first practice for the XFINITY Series Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Erik Jones (#20 GameStop Toyota Camry) led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap in the first practice for the Coke 600 with a speed of 192.843 mph. That makes him one of the favorites to win this week’s pole. Qualification will be held Thursday night.
Saturday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway will mark Cole Custer’s second NASCAR XFINITY Series start, but first behind the wheel of the No. 88 Chevrolet.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) will be back in action this Saturday for the inaugural ComServe Wireless 150 at the newly opened .4-mile oval Dominion Raceway in Virginia.